War Podcast (ABC RN)
What was lost?04/19/15
Many people say that our nation was ‘born’ at Gallipoli. Our soldiers and those of New Zealand showed extraordinary courage and resourcefulness which was widely admired then as it is now. But perhaps it’s time to change the focus from what we gained...
By the end of this year ASEAN hopes to be an even bigger bloc than it is now. It has big aims for economic and political growth. Crucial to this is its relationship with China and the United States. Will these relationships with ASEAN help growth or...
The War Chant
What links a 14th-century Italian illuminated manuscript of Gregorian chant known as the Rimini Antiphonal, an English collector of antiquarian Bibles, a military chaplain, and a WW1 hospital for Australian veterans of Gallipoli?
Mercenary world – Part Two
A Federal District Court in Washington has just convicted four former US mercenaries for the 2007 killing of innocent civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.
Scary parallels between ISIS and the Khmer Rouge
In the fight against Islamic State, what can we learn from the history of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?
Iraqi PM requests greater support from international...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is in Washington where he has held talks with President Obama to ask for more help to defeat Islamic State militants.
George Gittoes wins Sydney Peace Prize
After working in most of the world's war zones, award-winning artist and filmmaker George Gittoes is the recipient of this year's Sydney Peace Prize. His next port of call? Syria.
The Indian Ocean's nuclear triad
While media attention has been focused on the risks associated with Iran's nuclear program, strategic analysts have warned of a more precarious case of nuclear proliferation that could be unfolding far closer to Australia's shores.
Novelist Patrick Gale has taken a family mystery, with a great grandfather who left England for Canada, and woven a fiction around it. A story of migration and heartbreak.
The market for mercenaries
Mercenaries, private military contractors, commercial combatants – what you call them depends on your ethical viewpoint (and whether or not you’ve just hired some to supplement your own military forces).
The Night Wolves and the new Russian nationalism
London-based journalist, Albina Kovalyova talks about the Night Wolves, a bike-riding group of religious, bearded, leather-clad men whose goal is to ‘rescue the soul of Holy Russia’
Parliamentary inquiry into mental health in the military
Attention is turning to mental health issues in the military following a report on ABC 7.30 this week about a spate of suicides at HMAS Stirling outside of Perth.
Present-day tensions over a century-old tragedy known as...
Should crimes from long ago and far away be relived in modern Australia? We reveal a controversy between sections of Australia’s Turkish and Armenian communities, entangling local, state and federal tiers of government.
The hidden agenda behind Sunni-Shia tension in Yemen
We go behind the so-called Sunni-Shia conflict in Yemen to reveal the hidden agendas of regional superpowers.
Finding former Australian prisoner of war Leonard Siffleet
As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, many unanswered questions from the conflict still remain.
Yemen conflict intensifies
The Yemeni port city of Aden has been described as a 'ghost town' as the battle between Shia rebels and the Saudi-led coalition intensifies.
Kenya in the shadow of Al Shabaab
Kenyan fighter jets have bombed positions of militant Islamist group Al Shabaab in neighbouring Somalia.
Former NT Labor Party president risks jail term after...
Australian man Matthew Gardiner could be facing life in prison after he returned home from Iraq on the weekend where it's believed he helped Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State militants.
Reconciliation in Syria
It's almost impossible to conceive of reconciliation between opposing factions in Syria's brutal civil war, but in small pockets of the country it happens every day.
With Naypyidaw disenfranchising minority groups, and allegations of human rights abuses emerging from a military offensive in the country's north, is Myanmar's authoritarian past reasserting itself?
- Melbourne, VIC